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15 books you should read this summer

independent bookstores from Books Beneath the Bridge share their top 15 summer reads.

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Peaches talks Caitlyn Jenner, Yoko Ono and her new book of photography

The feminist electroclash icon discusses the new book covering her last six years, What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches?

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The best book events in NYC this week

Find the best public readings, author signings and book launches in New York this week

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Q&A: Tracy K. Smith

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author offers a revealing look back on her childhood and her mother’s death

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New York's best bookstores and readings

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Best bookstores in New York City

The independent bookshops on this list represent some of the best places to find

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Best specialty bookstores in New York City

For literary fetishists who seek out the latest or just casual readers who are looking for a great play or the new crime novel

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Best reading series in New York City

From fiction writers taking risks to sexy poets purring their verses, these are some of the best spots

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Best storytelling shows in New York City

If there are indeed eight million stories in the Naked City, these shows represent the best way to eavesdrop on a few

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Girl in a Band

In the opening pages of her memoir, Kim Gordon finds herself in the midst of two breakups

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Find Me: A Novel

As victims across the country forget their names, one woman's memories won't let her go

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman

The short-story master will bring out your inner voyeur in another collection of simple, entrancingly realistic fictions

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Loitering: New & Collected Essays by Charles D’Ambrosio

A cult essayist expands his oeuvre—and leaves no doubt about his talent—in this deeply relatable nonfiction collection 

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Ugly Girls: A Novel by Lindsay Hunter

Two teens face a stalker and deal with their own failings in a richly detailed debut 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss

Myths, metaphors and vampires: Eula Biss’s expansive exploration of vaccination will surprise you 

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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LIVE from the NYPL

One of the city’s most prestigious and, simply, best talk and reading series returns for another brilliant season

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To Kill a Mockingbird sequel

In what may be the biggest literary news of the 21st century so far, beloved one-hit wonder Harper Lee announced today that she will publish a second novel this summer, starring Scout Finch 20 years later

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Interview: Shaun Usher

Letters of Note editor and author Shaun Usher reveals that the best way to study history is to read other people’s letters

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10 new science-fiction and fantasy reads

Pick up these genre-bending works to indulge your lust for the unbelievable, without committing to a 14-part novel series

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Interview: Julia Cooke

The author and travel journalist shares her story about life in Cuba today, from the trade embargo to the espresso

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